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Climate impact of plastics

– Plastics are frequently criticized for everything from their toxicity to their contributions to ocean pollution, but they play an important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
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The new imperative for green commodities

– The energy and materials transition is reshaping the strategic toolbox of commodity producers. Seven actions can help them master... the transition.
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Electric vehicles: The next growth engine in chemicals

– A paradigm shift in automotive purchasing linked to the electric-vehicle transition is creating a major growth opportunity for... chemical companies.
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Navigating regulatory uncertainty in packaging: A new wave of chemical-substance regulations

– Forthcoming chemical-substance regulations will add significant complexity for the packaging industry. Being proactive in developing... a cross-functional master plan can provide clarity and a route to managing this uncertainty.
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Cracking the growth code in chemicals

– Winning market share—not market growth—is a key to success.

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US polyethylene price evolution and what to expect

– Prices for petrochemicals in the United States have increased significantly, even beyond what fundamentals would dictate.
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Petrochemicals 2020: A year of resilience and the road to recovery

– Most companies showed recovery of revenues and profits to pre-COVID-19 levels in the third and fourth quarters. A deeper dive... into the numbers illustrates several implications for 2021.
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Getting value from advanced digital technology for industrial gas companies

– With relatively little risk, industrial gas companies can optimize parts of their operations with advanced technologies.

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Advanced recycling: Opportunities for growth

– As interest in the circular economy grows, emerging recycling technologies that are complementary with mechanical recycling are... accelerating.
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How green can green growth be?

– The transition to net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions will take trillions of dollars and several decades. Here’s how B2B leaders... can extract maximum value from the journey.
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Addressing the challenges of plastic waste: Circularity and leakage

– Circularity alone won’t stop leakage. Emerging economies still need to have proper waste management systems for their plastic... and other materials.
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The cement sector’s net-zero transition: Higher costs and demand shifts

– For cement companies and their value-chain partners, opportunities for value creation could arise as customers look for low-emissions... building materials.
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Sustainability value in chemicals: Market tailwinds versus ESG scores

– New research shows that chemical companies with sales exposure to end markets aligned with sustainability have higher valuations.
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From crude oil to chemicals: How refineries can adapt to shifting demand

– The energy transition will reduce demand for oil products but increase opportunities to capture the growing demand for petrochemicals.
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Scaling digital and analytics-enabled improvements in chemicals and agriculture

– Productivity in process industries depends on scaling technology and traditional operating disciplines at the same time.
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How the petrochemicals industry can benefit from advanced analytics

– Four key elements that can help companies launch advanced analytics and machine learning programs.
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Procurement, early warning systems, and the next disruption

– A pandemic, inflation, and geopolitical conflict are affecting global supply chains. We offer an approach companies can use to... avoid product shortages and mitigate the effects of price volatility.
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Green growth avenues in the cement ecosystem

– Collaboration across the value chain is pivotal to decarbonizing the built environment—and it needs to start today.
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The third wave of biomaterials: When innovation meets demand

– How corporate sustainability commitments could catalyze the next generation of bio-based chemicals and materials.
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